They were, those people, a kind of solution

Start: 2016

End: 2018

Partner:          STO, KAKO I ZA KOGA UDRUGE (Croatia)


UDRUGE CENTAR ZA MIROVNE STUDIJE (Croatia) Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise


Action: Creative Europe        Cooperation projects



The project “They were, those people, kind of solution” was conceived as a long-term trans-disciplinary collaborative platform of What, How & for Whom/WHW from Zagreb, Tensta konsthall from Stockholm, eipcp – European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies from Vienna, and Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) from Zagreb. The project was focused on connecting the artists and cultural organizations with local migrant communities. By conducting an analysis of the roots and impact of historical and contemporary migrations, the project was engaged with developing creative strategies and new models of social engagement for arts and culture. The project conducted numerous cultural activities and research that encourages social inclusion and intercultural communication.

Through four interwoven thematic threads: The Gastarbeiters – Permanent Guests, Migration and the Struggle for Social Justice, Spaces for Intercultural Environment, and Art is a Passport, the project encompassed: 6 international exhibitions accompanied with 3 discursive programs and 3 artist’s books, 3 public conversations, 8 series of public lectures/dialogues, 3 series of conversations, 1 symposium and film screening, 1 international conference, educational events for migrants and refugees: 1 training, 4 workshops, 4 support groups for migrants, 1 expert meeting and design of architectural model, 1 public forum with representatives of migrant groups, 1 public campaign for Integration-intercultural Center in Zagreb, 1 round table, 2 issues of web-journal, 3 issues of Gallery Nova newspapers, the book with project conclusions, a web page and 3 partners’ meetings.

Through addressing social transformations brought about by the migration of labor in various international contexts, the project fostered involvement with diverse local and community organizations, developed relations with new audiences from underrepresented communities, and built the capacity of cultural workers and institutions involved, and enabled the transnational circulation of artistic ideas and projects.